EuroBasket: Who are the stars of French basketball? – 09/15/2022 at 7:00 pm.


EuroBasket: Who are the new French basketball stars? Image credit: screenshot @equipedefrancebasket

The EuroBasket Championship is in full swing until September 18th over the five competition sites (Germany, Italy, Czech Republic and Georgia). To try to win the title of the best basketball team in Europe, France can count on excellent players. They just excelled in the quarter-finals against Italy, thus qualifying for the semi-finals. Among the team’s stars: Yvan Fournier (captain) and Rudi Joubert (deputy captain). Both have been playing in the NBA for several years, with contracts worth millions of dollars.

Who is Rudy Gobert, the new Minnesota star?

Rudi Gobert is the current hub and deputy captain of the French basketball team. But he’s also part of the Minnesota Timberwolves team. He is 30 years old and has played for 9 years in the NBA. He started for the Utah Jazz before being transferred in July 2022. With the key, a contract

$205 million

.

However, nothing has predetermined this player from Saint-Quentin (Aisne) to become one of the best players of his generation. In fact, he started basketball at the age of 12 years old. It is a later age compared to other players (Yvan Fournier, for example, was already among the top players at the age of 12).

However, he quickly established himself and showed his desire to go beyond just amateur basketball. At 13, he was spotted and joined the Hope Center in Amiens. The following year, he applied to Insep (the National Institute for Sport, Experience and Performance where Tony Parker studied) but his application was refused.

Everything changes when Chollet Academy sees his potential and gives him a chance to excel. Rudy Gobert knew how to seize the opportunity. After a decade of his career, he is now one of the most prominent players in the NBA. He was named “NBA Defensive Player of the Year” (“Defender of the Year”) in 2018, 2019 and 2021. The contract signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves makes him the highest paid French athlete. A well deserved recognition after many years of effort.

Despite this success, the French player remains modest and wants to be a role model for the younger ones. In 2014, he created the RudysKids Foundation. This charity helps disadvantaged children in France and the United States. One thing is for sure, he’s not done talking about it.

Yvan Fournier: The new captain of the French basketball team

The 29-year-old has a fairly linear career path. He started basketball at the age of seven, then joined the Hope Center in Ile-de-France at the age of 12 and joined at the age of 15. He made his first “draft” (a player recruiting contest) in the NBA in 2012 when he joined the Denver Nuggets. There he signed the first contract of

3.5 million dollars

for 3 years. from now on,

He plays with the New York Knicks. The amount of this contract signed in 2021 is

$78 million

.

This year, the New York Knicks’ backs have found themselves at the forefront of the French basketball scene. After the Nicolas Batum deal, he was appointed captain of the French team.

“Obviously I am a team captain, and I have a certain weight because I am one of the most capped players, but it stops there. Yvan Fournier’s reaction when he was appointed was just a matter of personal and experience. EuroBasket is the first competition he plays in his new role. He intends to turn this try The first to an outstanding hit, winning the European Cup.Before that, why not, a gold medal at the Paris Olympics in 2024.

Vincent Poirier, Nando de Colo, Andrew El Bessi … the other stars of the team

The French basketball team can also count on excellent players who have developed (mostly) in the NBA during their careers. For example, Vincent Power played for the Boston Celtics, Maine Red Close and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Since April 2021, he has signed for 3 seasons with Real Madrid. Similarly, Nando de Colo has a solid career in the NBA. Significantly played with the San Antonio Spurs

$2.8 million

, along with Tony Parker and Boris Diaw. As for France international, Andrew Albissi, he is currently the captain within CB Gran Canaria. This club is part of Liga ACB, which is the highest level in La Liga.

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